1A

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1A from WAMU and NPR is a new show for a changing America. Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time.

The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world.

With a name inspired by the 1st amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor.

1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror—taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. 1A is produced at WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR.

the1a.org: Find out more about what you heard on a recent program here.

Memoir Of A Black Lives Matter Activist

4 hours ago

Officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9. Activist DeRay Mckesson moved to Ferguson on August 16.

He told NPR’s Michele Martin about what compelled him to uproot his life and help the Black Lives Matter movement take shape.

1A Movie Club Sees "A Star Is Born"

Oct 10, 2018

The trajectory of fame is fascinating to darn near everyone. For proof, see “A Star Is Born,” which was first made in 1937. Then made again in 1954. And again in 1976.

The latest version, out now, stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also directs, (although he didn’t really want to tell journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner how he made the movie.)

The United Nations says “we’ll need to cut emissions by half before 2030 and go carbon-neutral by 2050,” according to a new report. At least, that’s how Wired summarized.

Leaders, listen up.

There are characteristics of an employee with great potential you’re likely overlooking. Like vulnerability. And empathy. And exploring these traits within yourself makes you a better leader, too.

So says researcher Brené Brown in her newest book called “Dare To Lead.” It’s about the potential for what she calls “brave leadership” and helping employees let their guard down to be themselves in the workplace.

Sixteen Shots. Four Years. One Conviction.

Oct 10, 2018

On Friday, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted for murder in the second degree for the 2014 killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was also convicted of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, one count for each time he shot at McDonald.

Find a thread of the whole proceedings here, from WBEZ.

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

The political divide in our country might be stark, but it’s not a recent phenomenon.

How did we get here?

Political correspondent Steve Kornacki has a theory. In his new book, The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism, he traces the origin story back several decades, to when Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich climbed to the top of their respective parties.

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

Just a few years ago, international observers touted Brazil as the next big success story out of South America. The country was selected to host the 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, turning global attention to the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

All of this happened in conjunction with extreme political unrest in Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016.

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, the White House announced that the FBI completed its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Today, senators and a few staff members will review the material.

From The New York Times:

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an expert on just about everything.

After a 7.5-magnitude earthquake catalyzed a tsunami, survivors in the coastal city of Palu, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, are struggling.

The BBC reports that the death toll is now around 1,350 people, and that “people there are growing increasingly desperate for food, fuel and water.”

From The Guardian:

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